Work In Progress: Stag Runner

Auditioning green fabric for the Stag Table Runner.

Auditioning green fabric for the Stag Table Runner.

Placing red 2.5 inch squares for the Stag Table Runner.

Placing red 2.5 inch squares.

Hydration is important!

Hydration is important! Woman cannot live by coffee alone. (Though, she will admit to trying to live by coffee alone.)

After sewing the little red squares for the Stag Table Runner.

The little red squares are all sewn together for the center of the table runner.

Stag Table Runner Design

This is what the table runner will look like when it is complete.

It will be about 62 inches long and 15 inches wide. (The dining room table is 78 inches long.)

The white stags were originally supposed to be black, but after placing the white paper stencil of the stag on the red squares, I realized that the black was just too dark. The white stags shout Winter to me and really make the dark reds and green seem more alive. They’ll be appliqued in white or off-white fabric.

I haven’t yet picked the fabric for the stags. I’m thinking plain solid muslin, but I also have my eye on some floral fabric in white and pale green. I’m still debating the print idea. We’ll see.

The back… well, I’ve been tossing some ideas around for piecing the back in Autumnal colors. That way, the same runner could be on the table for half of the year. Storage space is small and precious in this house; I just don’t have space for a million different runners. So being able to use one runner for two seasons seems like a good plan. I’d just turn it over to the other side when Winter arrives. Again, we’ll see.

The Easy Friday List, July 13

Friday should be easy, especially on Friday the thirteenth. This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too.

T-gauge: This little guide thingie screws into your sewing machine so you get accurate seams every time you sew. It was invaluable to me while I was piecing the Etchings Argyle Nine Patch.

The T-gauge on my Juki sewing machine at fig+fence HQ.

The T-gauge (T-guide?) is that little thing on the right of the presser foot.

Hey! There’s the poker from a previous Easy Friday list!

The lit T-gauge on my Juki sewing machine at fig+fence HQ.

Here a pic with the machine on… not that you can see the gauge much better with the lights. It’s still in the shadow a bit.

I’d never used one before the Etchings quilt top and it was a revelation. I love it.

Divider Totes: Love these totes. Bought them on sale at Micheal’s, which makes them even better. My sewing machine is the entire length of the house away from where I cut and iron fabric. Taking one of these totes filled with all my equipment saves me multiple trips back and forth to fetch all the things I forgot. I have the large one for machine sewing and the little one for hand sewing. They’re great.

The divider organizer totes at fig+fence HQ.

Typically, the big one sits on a plastic box by my sewing machine or on the floor where I’m ironing/cutting. The small one follows me around when I’m hand sewing.

Mod Podge: Seriously. It’s a wonder of the twenty-first century. What can’t it do?

Facepalm!

Well, crud.

I goofed. It’s not a huge goof, but I still feel stupid.

I used polyester thread to piece my Etchings Argyle Nine Patch.

The Etchings Argyle Nine Patch Quilt top by Janet Millsapps at fig+fence.

There’s polyester in them there seams…

I knew better. I just had a brain freeze for about… a weekend. Oy.

Not a disaster. I’m going to call this a learning experience, yes? The lesson: Never sew while brainless.

Oy.